Diabetes is one of the diseases that have through generations increasingly affected people of different race and tribes; The United Nations General Assembly in the year 2007 through a resolution chose the 14th of November annually as World Diabetes Day with the aim of putting together multilateral efforts in combating Diabetes and ensuring improvement in human health.
From the year 1980 down to the year 2014, there has been a rise in the rate of the adult population affected by Diabetes, from 4.7% to 8.5% globally. The risk factors of diabetes are very high; it is a major cause of other diseases such as lower limb amputation, blindness, stroke, kidney failure, heart attack and so on. Diabetes could also lead to death if it is not detected early and treated properly.
World Diabetes Day 2019 has been tagged “Protect your family”, the focus of this year Diabetes Day observance is the Family and Diabetes, it is to promote awareness of the role the family plays in educating, management, care and prevention of diabetes. Healthy diets, Avoiding tobacco and physical activity will help in the prevention and delay of type 2 Diabetes.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) uses the opportunity of this World Diabetes Day to encourage Governments and all other important Stakeholders to build up national policies that will aid the prevention, care and treatment of diabetes with suitable health care systems because good health of the people will make the nation a peaceful place to live.